1 killed, 4 injured in knife attack in Paris
A knife-wielding assailant killed one person and injured four others in a lively neighborhood near the Paris Opera before he was killed by police Saturday night. The Islamic State group claimed the attacker as one of its “soldiers.”
Counterterrorism authorities took charge of the investigation, and President Emmanuel Macron vowed that France would not bow to extremists despite being the target of multiple deadly attacks in recent years.
Paris police officers evacuated people from some buildings in the Right Bank neighborhood after the attack, which happened on Rue Monsigny about 9 p.m. Bar patrons and opera-goers described surprise and confusion in the immediate area.
The Islamic State group’s Amaq News Agency said in a statement early Sunday that the assailant carried out the attack in response to the group’s calls for supporters to target members of the U.S.-led military coalition squeezing the extremists out of Iraq and Syria.
The Amaq statement did not provide evidence for its claim or details on the assailant’s identity.